World-class Classical Guitar in Wilmington, Delaware

GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Xavier Jara, classical guitar with special guest Andrew DiGiandomenico

Date: Saturday April 21 at 8:00 pm
Admission: FREE!
Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
Parking: Paid parking in lot or street

Xavier Jara

The GFA International Concert Artist Competition attracts the very best musicians from around the world, and the winner’s tour concert is always the highlight of our season. Thanks to the generous help of the University of Delaware, we are able to offer this year’s winner’s tour concert FREE to the public! Last year’s competition winner, Xavier Jara, hails from Minnesota, and is the first winner from the United States since Martha Masters won in 2000. Xavier has been studying with Judicael Perroy, and is yet another example of the incredible artistry emerging from his French studio (last year’s GFA touring artist, 2015 GFA winner Thibaut Garcia, also studied with Judicael). In addition to giving a masterclass at the University of Delaware the same day as the concert, we’ll be presenting a masterclass with Xavier at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in the evening on 4/20.

Works by Dowland, Bach, Goss, Collins, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Martin, and Albeniz.

Guest Opening Artist: Andrew DiGiandomenico

This concert will take place in Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware.

A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

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4/20/18: Xavier Jara will be teaching a masterclass in the evening of Friday, April 20 at 6:00 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Xavier Jara has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Xavier and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

4/21/18: Xavier Jara will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day of the concert, April 21, at 1:00 pm in Loudis Recital Hall in the Amy E. DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, and will feature players from the guitar department at the University of Delaware, directed by Christiaan Taggart. Registration is not required to attend this masterclass.

American classical guitarist, Xavier Jara (1993) is the 1st prizewinner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy. Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy.

During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist, Olivier Chassain, and lute master, Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015) and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Jara returned home to the United States to win the Guitar Foundation of America’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize.

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